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Notes: Detroit Lions talking up Jace Billingsley for 2017

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Jace Billingsley could have a role with the team going forward.

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  • The Detroit Lions promoted wide receiver Jace Billingsley to the active roster toward the end of the season, usually a sign that they don’t want him poached from another team. This could mean the Lions foresee a future for Billingsley, which was corroborated by the Detroit Free Press’ Dave Birkett in his weekly chat last week:

  • Though the Lions were one of the worst teams in third down efficiency on third-and-medium on offense, they were the best in the league at third-and-long:

  • Ameer Abdullah was at Joe Louis Arena to watch the Red Wings defeat the Penguins 6-3. He also got the opportunity to do a jersey swap with left winger—and fellow wearer of the No. 21—Tomas Tatar:

  • For those still holding out hope to see one of the New England Patriots coordinators land in Detroit, looks like it could happen... next year: